Space Imaging, the world’s leading provider of Earth imagery and related services to commercial and government markets, announced that Mark Kachmar is the winner of the ‘2002 Space Imaging Award for the Application of High Resolution Digital Satellite Imagery.’ Kachmar is a student in the master’s degree program in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). A plaque representing a $2,000 IKONOS data grant was presented to Kachmar today during the 2002 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Annual Conference and International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) XXII Congress in Washington, D.C.
The ASPRS Awards committee chose Kachmar’s proposal Remote Detection of Live Forest Residuals from more than one dozen applicants. His study will use satellite imagery to detect residual forest patches left standing after a forest fire. The objective of the proposal is to strengthen the forestry industry’s ability to estimate the total volume of standing timber remaining after a fire. Kachmar will also develop methods to monitor secondary growth in burnt out areas and evaluate the relationship of secondary growth to residual forest patches.
The annual data award is selected by ASPRS and funded by Space Imaging with georeferenced archived IKONOS imagery, valued up to $2,000. All applicants are required to be members of ASPRS and enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university with image processing facilities appropriate for conducting the proposed work.